• Unrated, 1 hr. 17 min.
  • Documentary
  • Directed By:
    Nancy Buirski
    In Theaters:
    Dec 10, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    May 27, 2013
  • HBO Films

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The Loving Story Reviews

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Not to take away from the film's importance, the whole is like Richard Loving, stolid and admirable but not inspiring.

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February 19, 2014
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Reason both to be horrified and inspired by what people can accomplish, and a reminder that progress only happens through coordinated and relentless activism.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

July 11, 2013
Alessandra Stanley
New York Times
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The tone of the film is solemn and pious, which seems almost inevitable when the topic is segregation and racial intolerance. But there are other reasons to watch this film besides feel-good expediency.

Full Review Source: New York Times

January 25, 2013
Hank Stuever
Washington Post
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Their story is a powerful statement about freedom.

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January 25, 2013
James Poniewozik
TIME Magazine
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A low-key but moving documentary about two low-key people and their moving struggle.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

January 25, 2013
David Knowles
Hollywood Reporter
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The film strikes a quiet, contemplative tone that befits its soft-spoken subjects rather than the tumultuous times in which they lived.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 25, 2013
David Hinckley
New York Daily News
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The Loving Story is a different kind of 1960s civil rights tale, one that in many ways has a deeper level of warmth.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/4

January 25, 2013
David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
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One of the many virtues of Buirski's film is that it doesn't hit viewers over the head with the parallel between the Lovings' case and the debate over same-sex marriage.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

January 25, 2013
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A riveting documentary about the case that went all the way to the Supreme Court and legalized interracial marriage in 1967.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

December 14, 2012
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

The film's story of this Supreme Court victory lays out both its legal and moral import, and then turns back to Richard and Mildred Loving's experience.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

December 10, 2012
Christopher Campbell
Film School Rejects

The verite footage from the time is a real blessing and the documentary's primary cinematic attraction. The rest, though, is occasionally its technical distraction.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: B

December 9, 2012
Zeba Blay
Slant Magazine

Perhaps the strongest aspect of Nancy Buirski's doc is that it allows the Lovings to tell their story in their own words.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

December 9, 2012
Kam Williams
AALBC.com

A moving, must-see documentary about the demise of one of the last vestiges of segregation. Could it be more fitting that the plaintiffs in the landmark case eradicating the crime of loving a person of a different color would be named Loving!

Full Review Source: AALBC.com | Original Score: 4/4

December 8, 2012
David Noh
Film Journal International

Beautifully made, deeply inspirational documentary about one history-making couple.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

December 6, 2012
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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A thoughtful, terrifically intimate account of the case that dismantled this country's anti-miscegenation laws 100 years after the abolition of slavery.

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December 4, 2012
Louis Proyect
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Brilliant debut film about a landmark case on miscegenation, reminiscent in many ways of the struggle for gay marriage today.

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November 23, 2012
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